Samantha Hurst

Success: Easygoband Secures £300,000 Funding Goal on Crowdcube

Easygoband, a Spanish incorporated company that has created an RFID smartband that allows personal identification and cashless payments, has successfully secured its initial £300,000 funding target on Crowdcube thanks to more than 350 investors. Easygoband raised £176,300 prior to launching its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube… Read More

Binance Announces Plans to Open Office In Malta After Recent Hacking Attempts

Binance announced plans to open a new office in Malta. CEO of the company, Zhao Changpeng, confirmed the office’s location by stating: “We are very confident we can announce a banking partnership there soon. Malta is very progressive when it comes to crypto and fintech.” Joseph… Read More

Insurance Broker NFP Launches New Venture Fund to Support Partnerships & Investments in Insurtech, Fintech, & HR Tech

NFP, an insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement and individual private client solutions, announced on Thursday it is launching a new venture fund focused on strategic partnerships and investments in the emerging Insurtech, Fintech and HR Tech industries. Shawn Ellis,… Read More

SuperMoney Milestone: Fintech Startup Exceeds $500 Million in Loan Applications Processed

On Thursday, fintech startup SuperMoney announced its loan offer engine has processed more than $500 million in loan requests since its launch in April 2017. The company, which was founded in 2013, states it is making personal finance “fun and accessible” by building a community… Read More

Bank of the West & L’Atelier BNP Paribas Now Seeking Fintech Startups For Finlabs Program

Bank of the West and L’Atelier BNP Paribas announced on Friday they are now accepting applications for Finlabs, which is described as a program that will join several of the Bank’s business lines with Silicon Valley’s best and brightest startups to collaboratively launch transformative and… Read More

Overfunding: Digital Only Bank Startup Fiinu Secures £500,000 Funding Target on Seedrs

App-only banking start-up Fiinu, has successfully secured its initial £500,000 funding target through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The initiative was launched last month and sought the funds for a 6.67% equity stake at a pre-money valuation of £7 million. As previously reported, the aspiring digital… Read More

Spanish Cash Back Platform Shoppiday Now Seeking £450,000 Through Crowdcube Funding Round

Shoppiday, a Spain-based cash back platform, is now seeking 450,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. Founded in 2016 and launched last year, Shoppiday currently offers a selection of more than 400 online storms of top brands, which includes Nike, Zealand, Booking, Pull&Bear, and Amazon…. Read More

Money App Yolt Announces Collaboration With Challenger Bank Monzo

Yolt, an ING created smart thinking money app, announced on Friday it has joined forces with UK-based challenger bank Monzo. Yolt declared that Monzo accounts may now be connected through the fintech mobile app. “While Monzo focused on current accounts and we focused on our topbar… Read More

NatWest Partners With SpendLabs to Launch ClearSpend App For Business Spending

NatWest has formed a partnership with SpendLabs to launch its new ClearSpend mobile app for business spending. ClearSpend is described as a free mobile app for NatWest Commercial Card customers that allows businesses real-time visibility and control of their company card spending. The app is officially… Read More

FINTECH Circle Partners With Abu Dhabi Global Market to Launch Fintech Education Courses For the UAE

FINTECH Circle, a global community of fintech entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors, financial services professionals and fintech thought-leaders, announced on Thursday it has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to launch a range of FINTECH Education Courses for the United Arab Emirates (UAE)…. Read More

NatWest Surpasses Sustainable Energy Target By Providing £3.5 Billion of Lending to UK Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Projects

NatWest announced this week it has beaten its sustainable energy funding target, providing £3.5 billion of lending to UK renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the past three years. The bank reported it set a three-year target of £3 billion in 2015 and is now committed to… Read More

IT Service Provider Zensar Announces Acquisition of Insurtech Cynosure

IT service provider Zensar announced on Wednesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based insurtech Cynosure, which focuses on providing Guidewire platform implementation services to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance carriers. The company reported: “This acquisition is a critical component of Zensar’s… Read More

Naspers Plans to Sell 190 million Tencent Shares & Funds Will be Used to Invest in Online Food Delivery & Fintech Businesses Globally

Global internet and entertainment group Naspers announced on Thursday it is planning to sell up to 190 million Tencent Holdings Limited (Tencent) shares, equal to approximately 2% of Tencent’s total issued share capital, which would reduce its stake in Tencent from 33,2% to 31,2%. The… Read More

Invesdor Joins Forces With InvestorConnected to Launch PitchPerfect Competition

Equity crowdfunding platform Invesdor announced on Thursday it has teamed up with InvestorConnect to launch a new competition called PitchPerfect. The funding portal describes the competition as a “Dragons Den meets strictly come dancing for a fun and innovative pitching competition.” The event will take place on… Read More

Global Fintech Venture Firm SixThrity Welcomes New Financial Services & Technology Partners

SixThirty, a global fintech venture firm based in St. Louis, announced on Thursday it has reached agreements with, BNY Mellon’s Pershing, Detalus, Enterprise Bank & Trust and World Wide Technology to join its roster of premier global financial services and technology partners. Founded in 2013, SixThirty… Read More

Visa Launches $50,000 Fintech Innovative Contest For Sub-Sahara Africa Startups

Credit card giant Visa is set to launch a new $50,000 innovation contest in the fintech industry of Sub-Sahara Africa. This news comes just a few months after Visa announced the launch of its fintech bootcamps for African startups. The contest will run under the company’s… Read More

Fintech Firm FinMason Names David Remstein As First President & COO

On Thursday, Boston-based fintech FinMason announced it has appointed David Remstein as its first president and COO. According to FinMason, Remstein will be responsible for driving planning and managing the growth of the company in terms of personnel, clients, products, and geographies. The new president/COO… Read More

Challenger Bank Masthaven Teams Up With Intrinsic Financial Services to Expand Distribution

UK-based challenger bank Masthaven announced on Wednesday it has teamed up with financial service provider Intrinsic to expand distribution and enable more brokers to access to its products. Launched as a retail bank in 2016, Masthaven now offers savings and lending products. It has also… Read More

Lendr Partners With MidCap Financial Trust to Close $25 Million Senior Credit Facility

Lendr, a provider of flexible working capital to small- and medium-sized businesses, specializing in business finance and factoring solutions, announced on Thursday the closing of its $25 million senior credit facility. MidCap Financial Trust served as the Administrative Agent for the transaction. According to to duo,… Read More

Higher Education Comparison Service University Compare Now Seeks £250,000 on Seedrs

University Compare, a cross-platform higher education comparison service that helps universities and students connect, is now seeking £250,000 through equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Founded in 2012, University Compare displays university statistics, student reviews, and personalized choices to help students decide which course to choose when… Read More